All journeys to Cuba must start in the capital, Havana, one of the most alluring cities in Latin America with a faded beauty that is legendary. You’ll have time to take in the cobbled streets, the beautiful Baroque architecture and the historic plazas – as well as chat with the friendly locals who bring life to this vibrant city.
You will admire the architectural jewels of Cienfuegos before setting off for Trinidad, a no less captivating destination known for its multi-coloured terraces and fabulous colonial mansions. A guided tour will reveal the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the town’s complex history from the colonial period up until after the revolution. You’ll end with an excursion to Topes de Collantes, an extraordinary natural wilderness filled with an array of indigenous flora and fauna.
Your flight arrives in Havana in the early evening. You will be met by an airport rep and taken to your luxury hotel in the renowned Vedado neighbourhood. You will be within a ten minute drive of Old Havana, where cobbled streets lead to charming squares and crumbling buildings hark back to the colonial days. Classic American cars cruise through the streets, passing characterful plazas that have been restored to their former glory with flowing fountain centrepieces.
On the second day you’ll have the opportunity to delve deeper into the city’s history on a guided tour of the old town, taking in Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Cathedral. In the afternoon you’ll take a classic 1950’s convertible on the Hemingway Tour to the museum named after the celebrated author, stopping after at the fishing village of Cojimar which inspired the novel ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Finish at El Morro fort where you can enjoy sensational city views.
The next morning sees you visiting the Museo de Bellas Artes and interacting with local artists in their studios. This is followed by an architectural tour of the city that takes you from the Baroque period to 1950s Modernism.
Stay: Four nights in a double room at the Oleo Hotel – bed & breakfast
On your way to Trinidad you will stop to explore Cienfuegos, a town whose historic centre has earned it the nickname “pearl of the south”. A guided tour will show you the finest examples of the city’s architecture which dates from the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Jose Marti Park, the Tomas Terry Theatre and the Palacio del Valle. Afterwards you will be transferred to Trinidad.
Regarded by many as the most beautiful town on the island, Trinidad is a vision of shady plazas, traditional markets, bell towers and colonial houses painted in an array of pastel shades. The main square is a joy to explore, filled with grand mansions that date back to the days of the booming sugar industry. You’ll take a guided walking tour around this UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about its complex and varied history, which includes a visit to the local sugar plantations.
On your last day in Trinidad you will set off for Topes de Collantes – a 200 sq km nature park known for its remarkable natural beauty and diversity of endemic flora and fauna. Enjoy bird watching, trekking through tropical forest and the chance to swim in the waters of a waterfall.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Finca Kenia – bed & breakfast
Havana – London
Today you will be privately transferred to Havana airport in time to catch your flight home.